Google Reaches Agreement with FTC Over Buzz Debacle
Google today announced that it has agreed to new terms with the Federal Trade Commission over the botched launch of its Buzz social networking service and the resulting privacy violations. Google said that it has agreed to an independent review of its privacy procedures once every two years. It will also ask users to provide affirmative consent (i.e., users must opt in) before it changes how it shares user data. Google apologized, again, for what it calls a failure to meet its own standards. Buzz lets users share content via desktop browsers and mobile phones.
Google Brings Chatting to Its Video Conferencing Tool
Google today said Meet, its video conferencing service, will soon have the ability for participants to send and receive text and web links via chat. Google relaunched its video calling and chatting services earlier this year with an emphasis on business users.
BlackBerry Offering Privacy Shade Tool to All Hub+ Subscribers
BlackBerry today outlined several changes headed to its suite of Android applications, including the general availability of the Privacy Shade. The Privacy Shade was first made available only to BlackBerry-branded handsets, but will soon be available to any Android handset that relies on the BlackBerry Hub+ service.
Google's 'About Me' Page Acts As Privacy Dashboard
Google has made available a new tool online for controlling what personal, work, and other data is shared publicly. Users can view, edit, and assign visibility to their phone numbers, email addresses, social network profiles, as well as basic personal identifiers such as age, gender, and locations.
AT&T Agrees to Pay $25 Million Over Privacy Debacle
AT&T today agreed to pay the FCC a fine of $25 million in order to settle an investigation into consumer privacy violations at its call centers. The data breaches, which took place in early 2014, exposed the personal data of some 280,000 AT&T customers at call centers in Mexico, Colombia, and the Philippines.